agentul

agentul

Joined on Jan 29, 2013

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knappe duivel: I expect to live to see voice commands to be a major way of controlling your computer. It is logical: speech is the most comfortable way of communicating for humans so why not use it with computers?

I remember when most computer users thought a mouse was a silly thing to use, most people are pretty conservative with interfaces.

"i expect ... in a few years"... right. promises and dreams have started selling more products today rather than actual capabilities out of the box.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 08:37 UTC
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primeshooter: Am i the only one here that simply doesn't want to talk to a PC? Adjust contrast to +27. No, adjust contrast to +87. Back it off a bit. Bit more, bit more...aw jes just give me the mouse I'll do it my damned self!

it's because in sci-fi shows they made it look cool with actors that are really good at delivering lines and, well, not an actual computer to misunderstand said lines. i always feel that i have to talk differently (more mechanically, stressing words) when using voice commands. it's not at all like in the movies.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 08:27 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Harrison Ford did this way back in 1981 in Ridley Scott's "Bladerunner"

i still remember that Star Trek TNG episode where they were able to get the full background of a person just by a piece of her face showing up in a photo.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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knappe duivel: I expect to live to see voice commands to be a major way of controlling your computer. It is logical: speech is the most comfortable way of communicating for humans so why not use it with computers?

I remember when most computer users thought a mouse was a silly thing to use, most people are pretty conservative with interfaces.

right, because voice recognition is so good at understanding foreign accents.

also: imagine an office with 2 people working on this and another two people having an unrelated (yet filled with professional jargon) conversation.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
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H_James: If I can't tell it to "ENHANCE!"
I'm not buying

computer, magnify and enhance.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
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Tungsten Nordstein: It reads like propaganda and a little opportunistic to bang on about how great 'pro' photographers are immediately after such an unfortunate event. minus points.

i've seen the media "create" history more than record it in the past few years. and i'm talking about supposedly "free" media from western countries. this is what used to happen in communism... no, wait, in communism it was more often that stories got censored or outright buried. even the communists didn't use to fabricate stories to the level of today's press. so give me a break about this industry's "professionalism" and "work ethics". my cynicism speaks about myself - i've seen things, i've lived things, i remember things.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:01 UTC
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agentul: i still remember other "professionals" that took pictures of Pricess Diana as she was dying. yeah, pat yourself on the back, you took photos while someone was dying in front of you. how brave!

meanwhile i just heard of yet another instance of "professionals" from british publications fabricating stories in Eastern Europe. but that's OK, easter europeans are just naive white christians, it's ok to make them look like savages instead of reporting about real problems.

cue the facebook filters with the german flag or whatever.

exactly! just like how every other profession gets stereotyped.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:32 UTC
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miksto: The header of this article is utter rubbish. This photo is propaganda for murderer's cause let alone that it is not a good quality photo anyway. It serves no common good and we do not need professional photographers to serve no good and advertise murderous causes.

The article also wrongly claims about professional behaviour purely based on the fact that the guy took photos even though the guy did not do a good job of that. How many before him took photos in dangerous situations and even died and were not professionals? Does it mean they behaved professionally or just stupidly?

Did his paparazzi behaviour potentially endanger other lives, may have provoked further? I dare say he did not care of any consequences to his actions and that is utterly unprofessional and immoral.

this photo has potential to be the new "dreaming che guevara" on t-shirts and so on.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
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Tungsten Nordstein: It reads like propaganda and a little opportunistic to bang on about how great 'pro' photographers are immediately after such an unfortunate event. minus points.

professional behavior = i can sell this for a lot of money!

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:04 UTC

i still remember other "professionals" that took pictures of Pricess Diana as she was dying. yeah, pat yourself on the back, you took photos while someone was dying in front of you. how brave!

meanwhile i just heard of yet another instance of "professionals" from british publications fabricating stories in Eastern Europe. but that's OK, easter europeans are just naive white christians, it's ok to make them look like savages instead of reporting about real problems.

cue the facebook filters with the german flag or whatever.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
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Sergey Borachev: No hope, if it still does not change to Android.

i disagree. windows phone 8.1 was more stable and smoother than windows 10 mobile. also, while windows phone 8 brought innovations in therms of UI and functionality, windows 10 lags behind the competition (it can't even set up quiet hours without using Cortana, which is only available in a few countries). not to mention that MS has been removing functionality instead of adding. it is going the way of the Zune, that much is clear. that's why i decided to go with android and actually have all the software that i want, instead of the leftovers from the microsoft store.

before you say that "everything you need is available on windows phone":
- youtube
- torque and other ODB scanning software
- the MS office suite is much better on Android and iOS than on Windows
- Skype is less reliable on WP than on Android
- i can have Firefox with AdBlock Plus on Android, while in Windows you're stuck with Edge.
- HBO Go actually works
- i can have the apps to control my Asus router

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 09:13 UTC
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Robert Zanatta: 835 is fast. Hopefully there will be more apps besides games that take advantage of the speed.

my wife has a Lumia 830 and shooting with HDR at 10 MP takes probably 1 minute to post-process (and on a pretty fast 32 GB SD card too - U1 if I remember correctly). Or at least that's how it was the last time I tried to use it.

I have HDR set to Auto on my LG G5 and i see no lag when it does HDR on its own. and that's on a Snapdragon 820. so photography certainly takes advantage of a faster CPU. video shooting and playback is also nice.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 09:04 UTC
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tjbates: Easy solution. Sell Yahoo shares and delete your account.

the government doesn't want to enforce strong cyber security because it interferes with their spying. see the FBI's position on this - they pretty much advocate against strong encryption, or at least they want back doors. so i wouldn't trust the government as it currently is to enforce anything that makes their employees' and contractors lives harder or more expensive. especially after Yahoo gave them a lot of user data in the first place.

remember when, 8 years ago, we were promised less government spying? i remember being naive enough to believe in that promise.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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tjbates: Easy solution. Sell Yahoo shares and delete your account.

what government fines? just stop using their services.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 08:26 UTC
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Sangster: Yahoo is paying millions for Marissa Mayer to lead the company so far under her watch there have been 2 massive data breach. Yet the board still have not fired her. So much for pay for performance.

let's fire a bunch of competent people that actually can keep this company running and for that money hire a CEO that's only good at "visions". because that will keep our servers running securely.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 08:22 UTC
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Sangster: Yahoo is paying millions for Marissa Mayer to lead the company so far under her watch there have been 2 massive data breach. Yet the board still have not fired her. So much for pay for performance.

i assume you meant something like "big data" harvesting and processing. but where's the photography-themed joke in that?

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
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mensch plus kamera: The US and UK security services have developed and do employ enhanced interrogation methods. These can be used as an incentive for the photographer to co-operate in decrypting the data of interest, when so requested.

The US president elect has clearly stated that he supports the use of such methods. The British prime minister is also not known for being a fierce opponent of such methods.

Encryption only helps if those who want to get their hands on the encrypted data cannot get their hands on the person who knows the password.

m+k

or if the encrypted data is considered "worth dying for". which i doubt these photojournalists are involved with, unless there are bothans among them. too many bothans died to bring us these photos.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
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agentul: the question is not whether we can, but whether we should. on DSLRs, which have low power consumption, you could implement encryption probably... even though people complain about overheating even now, imagine the processing overhead needed to encrypt data in real time. not to mention how it would affect burst mode. on anything with live view and battery ratings of under 400/charge i would hope this is an optional feature disabled by default. just for the general public that doesn't actually need it, such as myself.

also, if the additional costs are significant maybe this should be a paid software add-on, or if it's an entirely hardware-based solution it should be a different camera model.

it's just like built-in wi-fi and GPS: it's all fun and games until your battery dies just when you need it the most, or it bumps up the price of the camera by too much.

good luck insulating the sensors from the AES processing units inside the camera body! heat conduction is not your friend, especially when you have to have connections between the two.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
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Sangster: Yahoo is paying millions for Marissa Mayer to lead the company so far under her watch there have been 2 massive data breach. Yet the board still have not fired her. So much for pay for performance.

whatever, just fire the CIA director anyway! you know you want to :)

Amazon being a CIA subcontractor makes sense, if you watch that scene in Bridge of Spies where the "drivers" get introduced to the "article". Big warehouse, a wide variety of items, cool cameras...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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OlyPent: Why is Yahoo still around?

so then it will be official: verizon will be the graveyard of the internet. will they also buy hi5 and myspace?

who's deciding these acquisitions, someone that's really patient? "i've always wanted to own yahoo in the early 2000s, and now i can actually afford it!".

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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